When To Plant Landscape In Colorado?


To maximize the longevity of your annuals, it’s recommended that we plant toward the end of April and up until the beginning of June. April and May are gamble here in Colorado Springs, it’s not uncommon for our community to experience freezing temperatures and heavy snow during these months.


When it comes to planting flowers in a Colorado spring (mid-March to mid-June), you need to focus on cold-resistant plants. Spring in Colorado is notorious for late frosts and unexpected snowfall, so you’ll want to choose flowers that can handle that possibility.

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Frequently Asked Questions

When should you start planting landscaping?

The best time to begin landscaping and planting trees, shrubs, and perennials is in the months of April and May. These spring months will give your plants the opportunity to grow and acclimate during the summer and fall. However, the next best time to begin landscaping is the fall.

When should you plant shrubs in Colorado?

Answer: The ideal time to plant a tree or shrub is early spring, before the plant has leafed out. But here in Colorado, plants grown in containers (as opposed to bare root plants, without soil), can be planted anytime the ground is workable.

When can you put plants outside in Colorado?

With the Colorado growing season averaging only 157 days, “when to plant” is a critical question. We suggest planting all of your cold season crops in April. Planting the first week of April is great, but cold crops can be planted anytime in April or even May.

How early can you plant in Colorado?

On average, your frost-free growing season starts May 4 and ends Oct 3, totalling 152 days. You will find both Spring and Fall planting guides on this page.

When is the best time to plant flowers in Colorado?

Make sure this flower gets a lot of light and has good drainage. Also known as Palmer’s Beardtongue, this fragrant plant has light pink flowers that you can expect to bloom in early summer if you plant it in the spring. Its native to New Mexico and Arizona, but will grow just as well in Colorado.

What kind of flowers grow in Colorado in the summer?

Plant after the last frost and enjoy it’s blooms all summer long. This a great plant for summer in Colorado, as it’s quite drought-tolerant and it blooms all summer into the fall. The flowers are extraordinarily blue, and then in fall the plant transitions to show off beautiful red autumnal foliage.

What to do in a garden in Colorado?

And then swing back. Care for cool-season lawns and attack weeds in spring and fall; plant water-wise selections at all times, pampering them a little bit until they’re established; and care for your soil year-round. Plant some gifts for the birds and pollinators, and you’ll soon have a garden everyone around you will enjoy.

Why are native plants so important in Colorado?

Native plants will naturally adapt to their surroundings, plus when planted correctly, they will require less external help with watering or even fertilizing. Plus, using native plants attracts a variety of fauna to your garden. Colorado native plants are defined, in the most basic terms, as existing in Colorado before European settlement.

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